Within the sprawling acres of the Thompson Ranch near McLaughlin, South Dakota, are dramatic differences in soil, plants, and water.
Without leases on the Buffalo Gap National Grassland, it would be hard for the Rittberger ranch to survive.
Cover crops give Barry and Eli Little more options for grazing cattle and cutting costs.
Rotational grazing, no-till, cover crops, and a rigorous reintroduction of native grasses, meant an improvement in plant growth, moisture retention, and erosion control on the Anderson ranch.
Jeannie Franceus has knocked back weeds on her ranch with rotational grazing.
Coming home to farm, there were bets in the community she wouldn’t last a year. That was 42 years ago.